Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm PDT
proposed study off the coast has environmentest angry and worried. ktvu's health and science editor john fowler is here where pg&e's plan is creating a lot of concern for marine mammals. >> reporter: 40-mile stretch of the ocean. from here down to south of pismo beach. beginning next month 12 days of blasting the water here, every 15 seconds with super loud sound. >> reporter: the power plant could be at risk from undersea earthquake faults. >> the state called for the study and we are committed with working with them. >> reporter: penetrate the ocean floor, echoes reveal faults but it could also hurt marine mammals. >> we will have safe protection zones. >> reporter: there will be only temporary effects on marine life but i obtained this report, there would be significant and unavoidable harm to hundreds of marine mammals. >> we have seen beachings of marine mammals around the world following large noises. >>> they say the state used better and more recent science that are better, less risky methods to explore the faults. >> you can get better, reliable data by going at it another way.
Sep 24, 2012 6:00pm PDT
health and science editor john fowler has more. >> reporter: you can see the occasional bit of plastic on the beach but volunteers cleared beaches from santa cruz to monterey. >> reporter: in a warehouse they call the trash lab researchers went through a tiny fraction of the 8-tons volunteers picked up. >> our beaches are bees used heavily and we are still leaving stuff behind. >> shoes, socks, cans, bottles, all kinds of stuff. you name it, we can find it on the beach. >> reporter: they are on the look out for debris from the japanese sunomy. -- tsunami. >> someone was eating on the beach and left it there. >> 1.5 million tons swept out to sea from japan. officials said a dozen confirmed from japan. none in california. >> it is a big ocean. much can sink. it is phenomenal that individual items will find their ways to the shores. >> reporter: researchers were identifying dangerous stuff. >> getting a better understanding of the hazards out there. >> reporter: scientists are hoping to convince manufacturers and policy makers to protect our oceans from our trash. health and science edito
Sep 27, 2012 6:00pm PDT
unpredictable. ktvu's health and science editor john fowler is live in brentwood where west nile is worse than it was last year. john? >> reporter: they are expected here in about 40 minutes to prepare for the fogging tonight. officials said west nile virus shows no sign of slowing. >> reporter: our camera was there as a technician found mosquitos in this pool behind a vacant house. >> the warmer weather kept west nile virus still going. we are getting reports. >> reporter: another bird testing positive today. frozen for further analysis. 66% higher than last year. and the fraction of mosquitos with the virus, four times higher. again, it is warm weather. >> they lay eggs more quickly, grow more quickly. it causes the virus to produce more quickly. >> reporter: positive mosquitos, in the eastern part of the county. two human cases, nationwide 130 dead. 3100 sick. millions infected who don't know it. the human risk is low, it is hard to prove a human vaccine effected. >> there is no way to know they will end up being exposed to west nile. >> reporter: it is up to us to protect our selves. treat